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Extended Basic v2.7 Suite -- (Final Update 9/27/2015)

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TI-99/4A
Extended Basic v2.7 Suite -- (Final Update 9/27/2015)

On 11/19/2016 this entry was locked into time-capsule/archive status.
 
Have you ever wondered, if you could only have one cartridge for your TI-99/4A what cartridge that would be?  That question was answered thanks to the late Atari Age member Tony "The Great Gazoo" Knerr.
 
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 Tony "The Great Gazoo" Knerr - Born 09/22/1958 - Passed 09/22/2015  
 
 
Are you a Newbie or returning TI'er with only a console?  
If so, forget about buying one of those over-priced XB carts on eBait, get this cartridge instead. This Cartridge will work on limited machines too.  Version 1, while holding down the space bar will take you directly to Extended BASIC with no need for 32K or an expansion system.
 
As you E X P A N D your system or gain more knowledge, you'll grow into this cartridge, but I doubt you'll ever outgrow it...
 
Do you have a P-Box or Nano-PEB or both?
This cartridge "supports them all" and has a suite of programs that are REALLY USEFUL, so it does not matter if you have a CorComp FDC, TI-FDC, Myarc HFDC or a Nano-PEB, this thing is ready for you now or in the future, however you choose to expand.
 
Are you more of an advanced user?
Do you want to do some assembly language programming?   This single cartridge REPLACES the Editor/Assembler cartridge too!  So now if you want to program, it's got you covered there too, and yes, it'll even load E/A 3's not just the E/A 5 files like most loaders.
 
So where are we at?  This thing REPLACES Extended Basic AND the Editor Assembler, and it costs less than both those cartridges combined but it does so much more!  In fact it does so much more that I'm not even going to attempt to cover it all here!  If you want to learn more, download the documentation below or on the authors thread.  Tony left us an awesome legacy, for utility I do not believe a better cartridge will ever come to be.
 
This cartridge is the end product of YEARS of development.  Many of the "TI-Gods & Guru's"  have their mark on this cartridge, in the hardware, software and integration of everything into this one package.  Now you the user can get it at a very affordable price.
 
Oh yeah, if you just want to relax a little, it comes pre-loaded with 16 games.  So now if you just want to play a quick game of Parsec, Pole Position, Solitaire or whatever, it's got you covered there too.
 
This is a well thought out cartridge and one I believe belongs in EVERYBODY'S personal TI-Library.  
 
** UPDATE 09/27/2015 **
 
So long my friend, thank you for letting me be your beta tester on this project, while I could never understand why you chose me, it was indeed an honor.  You'll be missed. 
 
**  UPDATE 04/24/2015 **
 
Gazoo came out with a major improvement for users of BOOT!   Version 2, as the video shows, when you turn on your TI, hit reset or quit a program you will now automatically return to BOOT!  No more having to press buttons to get past the title and menu screens.
 

 
To download the utility and update your cartridge, go to Gazoo's post << HERE >>
  
Update from 03/27/2015
 
You can now UPDATE YOUR CARTRIDGE IN THE TI CARTRIDGE SLOT!
Check this message << HERE >> for details from the author! 
This is simply an awesome new utility, one that even has the ability to 'unbrick' a cartridge by using a special loader in TI BASIC!  Check it out!
 

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I want on but pretty sure I missed this first run :/ hopefully they make more soon :)
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Something fishy is going on with this blog entry!

It's received 711 hits, 113 downloads and only ONE response from a user?

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Always late to the party!

 

I have got to get me one of these! All that cool and groovy stuff without a bunch of cart-swapping is sweet, but an Easter Egg too! Well that just makes the whole thing way better than sex!

 

I'll be waiting impatiently for batch two!

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Always late to the party!

 

I'll be waiting impatiently for batch two!

 

 Better late than never! ;)

 Fire off a PM to Gazoo, he might just have an extra one ready to send.

 

 ** EDIT ** 01/15/2015

 Gazoo no longer sell completed and assembled cartridges.  You'll now have to purchase from two different sources, install the chips yourself and supply your own cartridge case.

 

STILL WORTH THE EFFORT!

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The update instructions say not to use the supplied disk with an 80 track drive, is a 80 track compatible disk available anywhere?

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The update instructions say not to use the supplied disk with an 80 track drive, is a 80 track compatible disk available anywhere?

 

 I made my own.  Just load up Ti99Dir, make a NEW .dsk image in the format you require, like DSSD 80 track, then COPY all the files from Gazoo's original .dsk image to your new disk image. 

 

Once you have the image it's just a matter of using it.  :)

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Ok cool thx :)
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Got my cart upgraded :D
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Got my cart upgraded :D

 

EXCELLENT, nice to hear you're up and running. 

Have you tried the BOOT option yet?

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Sadly, I had to update this post after hearing about the passing of Tony.  I'll sure miss that guy, he was one of the good ones.  R.I.P. Gazoo.

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R.I.P. Gazoo Your contributions to the TI community will never be forgotten
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Hi, If I purchase a NanoPeb which contains 32K RAM. Would all of the XB 2.7 suite work, given that parts of it require 32K expanded TI's? 

 

Thanks.

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...should run

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Hi there,

 

I have recently acquired a couple of Ti99/4a (16kb) with no useful cartridges, no books, no software.

 

I am interested in getting Extended Basic, a 32kb or larger ram expansion, FORTH (all versions). I have no expansion box and, as I live in the UK, I'm unlikely to see one.

 

I've been recommended a 'NanoPeb' but can't find anyone selling one. I really would like a 'Extended Basic v2.7 Suite' but I've no idea where or how to get one.

 

regards

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Hey Mister,

   You came in at the right time... there is currently a project going on that puts 32K in the console for relatively little money.  That thread starts:

<< HERE >>

 

A number of us are going to do this project on one of our 'backup consoles'.  This *MIGHT* be a solution for you until you can manage to find a Nano-PEB.

 

The Extended BASIC 2.7s is less of a problem.  You can probably get Greg (arcadeshopper) to put one together for you.  You can contact him via a PM.  He's recently offerd to make another for a person in:

<< THIS MESSAGE >>.

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Quick question, if someone also experienced that issue: When I use option "Z" to go to TI-Basic and I load a TI-Basic game and try to RUN it, the screen gets green and nothing happens. When I do the same thing without the Extended Basic v2.7 Suite plugged in, just going to TI-Basic, it works.

Don´t know if it is dpendent on the hardware used, here my setup: I have a modded PAL machine with F18A and using a PEB with an 80 track modded disk controller and I am loading from a Lotharek drive. Thanks.

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Roli,

    Send me the DISK IMAGE in a PM.  I have the day off tomorrow and will find some time to test.  I'm also using an 80 track modded FDC with an HxC and F18A with XB2.7S.

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Just sent you the HFE image via PM. I think it might be a general issue and you might see that with any TI-Basic program, but let´s see. Thanks!

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Roli,

   It appears to work fine on my end.  << VIDEO HERE >>

 

   Have you done an F6 test on your cartridge?

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Roli,

   It appears to work fine on my end.  << VIDEO HERE >>

 

   Have you done an F6 test on your cartridge?

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